High Court orders destruction of confidential information

The High Court has made an order for the inspection and imaging of electronic devices and computers belonging to ex-employees and their new employer, and destruction of any confidential information belonging to the old employer found on them.

The injunction is notable for ordering the deletion of confidential information belonging to the applicant. While the court could find no previous authority for ordering the destruction of relevant material, it felt justified in doing so because the defendants had admitted using their employer’s confidential information and the evidence showed that they could not be trusted to seek out and delete the relevant material themselves.